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Attente de Dieu Free download ´ 2 ¸ My dear father I have made up my mind to write to youI have been wondering lately about the will of God what it means and how we can reach the point of conforming ourselves to it completely I will tell you what I think about this SIMONE WEIL LETTER I WAITING FOR GODEmerging from the thought provoking discussionsFather Perrin this classic collection of essays contains the renowned philosopher and social activist's most profound meditations on the relationship of human life to the realm of the transcendent An enduring masterwork and one of the most neglected resources of our century Adrienne Rich Waiting for God will continue to influence spiritual and political thought for. A few years ago I encountered Weil and she had an immense effect on me I try and revisit her periodically and am still very far from coming to any definite views on her life and thought If she were fictional she'd probably be the greatest literary character of the twentieth century The fact that she literally existed is endlessly haunting and strange I go back and forth about whether she was serious philosopher Her thought is violent and often shudders on the verge of utter incoherence At the same time real wisdom is apparent in almost every line It's possible to read this book as a confession of madness as no doubt modern psychiatrists would have a field day diagnosing Weil and giving her drugs; all the same I think she ultimately resists any efforts to dismiss her or explain her awayWeil emphatically agrees with Nietzsche that Christianity is a religion for slaves From there the two of them went in radically different directions Reading Nietzsche one gets the impression he's frantically trying to convince himself he's not a slave; Weil came to accept the truth of Christianity after recognizing herself as one Where Nietzsche would hysterically assert his own freedom and strength Weil's self loathing at times borders on a kind of megalomaniaI appreciate Nietzsche but find his rants tiresome at times The absolute need to be an individual can lead to a lot of romantic clichés By contrast Weil's intense focus on what is anonymous impersonal uncreated in herself results in a stunningly uniue self portraitIt's clear Weil was not opposed to food itself only the act of eating; somehow she knew that was not part of her earthly vocationThe relation of hunger to food is far less complete to be sure but just as real as is that of the act of eatingIt is perhaps not inconceivable that in a being with certain natural propensities a particular temperament a given past a certain vocation and so on the desire for and deprivation of the sacraments might constitute a contact pure than actual participationShe'd always justify her extreme asceticism in terms of a need to mingle with all of humanity Even after coming to believe the Gospel she refused herself the comfort of entering the Church on the grounds that it was not truly universal She did not want to limit herself in any way or exclude non Christians from her understanding Her final self starvation was meant as an act of solidarity She literally could not live with herself being separate from the masses suffering through warFriendship is a miracle by which a person consents to view from a certain distance and without coming any nearer the very being who is necessary to him as foodIt is impossible for two human beings to be one while scrupulously respecting the distance that separates them unless God is present in each of them The point at which parallels meet is infinityFor future study compare Weil's 'affliction' malheur to Paul Ricoeur on the servile will the involuntary at the heart of freedom

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My dear father I have made up my mind to write to youI have been wondering lately about the will of God what it means and how we can reach the point of conforming ourselves to it completely I will tell you what I think about this SIMONE WEIL LETTER I WAITING FOR GODEmerging from the thought provoking discussions and correspondence Simone Weil had with the Reverend. After reading her books you have to ask is Simone Weil a saint or is she crazy After all when she was ill with pneumonia she allowed herself to eat just the amount she thought would be available to residents of German occupied France in the early 1940s – and starved herself at age 34Why should we read Weil Susan Sontag tells us we often measure truth in terms of the suffering of the author Kierkegaard Nietzsche Dostoevsky Kafka Baudelaire Rimbaud Genet—and Simone Weil have their authority with us partly because of their conviction their self martyrdom Modern readers could not embrace the life choices or ideas of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche but ‘we read them for their scathing originality for their personal authority for the example of their seriousness and for their willingness to sacrifice themselves for their truths’ Simone Weil belongs in this category ‘one of the most uncompromising and troubling witnesses to the modern travail of the spirit’Simone Weil was born into a family of wealthy intellectual secular Parisian Jews In her early twenties she had a spiritual birth when in a Portuguese village she heard the wives of fishermen singing religious hymns She felt Christianity was the true religion of the oppressed Later she was moved by a chapel where St Frances served and by poem from Herbert Although she accepted Jesus as truth and beauty she would never be baptized because she believed the same truth and beauty existed in the Greek philosophers in Taoism in Buddhism in the Bhagavad Gita and in ancient Egypt She also believed ‘The Church has borne too many evil fruits for there not to have been some mistake at the beginning Europe has been spiritually uprooted cut off from that antiuity in which all the elements of our civilization have their origin It would be strange indeed that the word of Christ should have produced such results if it had been properly understood’ She was also appalled by what organized religion could do when it became powerful citing the Catholic Church’s record of the crusades banning and inuisition She was similarly suspicious of Protestantism which she felt to be too closely linked with individual nations Plus she felt too many parishioners assign importance to the rituals instead of striving to attain a personal understanding with GodWeil saw Jesus as the perfect model of suffering Weil believed that God's love becomes born or personified in us when we pay attention to others This reuires emptying ourselves of our own our interests and projections in order to be truly present to another person – similar to the kenosis of the early GnosticsShe left her position as a philosophy professor where she was constantly in trouble with school administrators because of her involvement with the unemployed her participation in labor protests and her difficulty dealing with authority She worked in an auto factory then in the fields working a farm Simone Weil tells us that the first principle of helping another is not action It is to see and respect the other She repeatedly notes that the greater the suffering of the other person the harder it is truly to see and hear that personWeil reminds us how glibly we can talk about compassion as if it were an easy thing sometimes making it sound like little than pity However true compassion reuires us to allow suffering to disturb us and even sometimes to take us overWeil wrote ‘There should not be the slightest discrepancy between one's thoughts and one's way of life’ Sontag responds that sanity reuires some compromising some evasions and even lies Maybe that why Weil’s relentless searching makes us uncomfortableTS Eliot wrote ‘A potential saint can be a very difficult person One is struck here and there by contrast between Weil’s almost superhuman humility and what appears to be an almost outrageous arrogance’Kenneth Rexroth wrote ‘Simone Weil was one of the most remarkable women of the twentieth or indeed of any other century She could interject all the ill of the world into her own heart Her letters read like the distraught signals of John of the Cross in the dark night’ Pope Paul VI who corresponded with Weil and tried to get her baptized said that Weil was one of his three greatest influences and Albert Camus said ‘Weil was the only great spirit of our time’ I believe Sontag Eliot and Rexroth are right We may disagree with parts of what Nietzsche Kierkegaard Dostoyevsky and Weil said but we can’t help but be struck by their searing insights Waiting for God is a collection of Weil’s letters and essays that were compiled after her death and it is a full array of Weil’s thinking from baptism to friendship and from school studies to the nature of love It doesn’t flow well because she never wrote a book in her lifetime; her books are all compilations of her lettersI like one of Weil’s spiritual insights 'An atheist may be simply one whose faith and love are concentrated on the impersonal aspects of God'I initially rated this book lower due to the lack of cohesiveness among the essays but after time and reflecting on today’s reactions against immigrants and with Brexit and Trump I felt perhaps the world needs to hear from someone who truly understood compassion and actually lived with genuine empathy for those less fortunate

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Attente de DieuCenturies to comeSimone Weil has become a legend and her writings are regarded as a classic document of our period THE NEW YORKERHer example her achievements her frustrations her intellectual or moral or religious impasses and her failures self described or apparent to us from hindsight all can serve to focus the mind enlarge the heart and stir the soul ROBERT COL. Is ‘mystic’ a polite way of saying ‘unintelligible’ I first encountered Simone Weil while reading The Long Loneliness the autobiography of Dorothy Day; Weil came recommended to me as another Catholic woman writer and social activist Like Day she is intellectually rigorous and contemplative about the nature of faith and its relationship with the world militant However there similarities drop off – Day is grounded in the mechanics of the physical world the demands and oversights of its players and remains driven and active against the prevailing injustices; Weil shutters herself away playing ascetic and writing an awful lot about it That Weil de Beauvoir Weil’s contemporary at the Sorbonne and Day are lumped into the same category speaks to a fundamental misunderstanding of the three women’s contributions and outlooks and an intellectually lazy glossing over of what each represents they are grandly divergent individuals only their sex and religious affiliation are common Waiting for God left me underwhelmed it fell suarely into the category of literature that for the life of me I can’t figure out how or why it’s earned the attention and accolades of so many It is unevenly written a collection of letters to a Priest and confident and essays on faith that – while dense – are occasionally so circuitous as to be unintelligible I don’t subscribe to the common notion that to be difficult to understand is euivalent to brilliance nor am I especially inclined to believe I’m incapable of understanding Weil’s work It’s an emotionally and intellectually immature work thrumming with ambition but failing to find focusHer naiveté is exasperating which sporadically crept into delusion about the nature of faith and her slavish devotion to the Church She is dramatic overwrought and even maudlin lamenting her status and constantly delving into exhaustive verbose bouts of spiritual introspection Even if private to make such a show of her faith and the ‘ecstasy’ contained therein is contrived the lady as it were doth protest too much – I don’t doubt her faith or its sincerity nor do I understand the compulsion to write at such great lengths about it It seemed contradictory to chronically harping on Christ and divinity while writing excessively about oneself For an individual so obsessively passionate about the suffering of others perhaps I have little patience for her choice to – rather than contribute actively in charity or outreach – self inflict similar suffering in solidarity with the oppressed Certainly theology – especially personal theology – lends itself to doublespeak and ambiguity because the nature of the spirit and of sanctity itself often eludes the confines of language There are throngs of worthwhile 20th century apologists individuals who thoughtfully and incisively delve into spiritual matters without becoming weighted down with solipsistic dirges about their internalized beliefs Waiting for God creates the distinct impression that Weil was psychologically unwell if not experiencing bouts of psychosis or mania I'm also likely not the 'right' reader for this book it's steeped so heavily in excessive self involvement and examination that I found it oftentimes difficult to find where in fact God comes into play other than as a vessel for her to delve deeper into her own psyche and proclamations of enduring faith